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A concert recording of “Cardinitas ‘68,” a work for soprano, tape, and instrumental ensemble composed by Robert Erickson. This recording represents the world premiere of the piece on June 5, 1968 at the University of California in San Diego, and features soprano Beverly Ogdon, accompanied by musicians conducted by Alan Johnson. The work was a result of a series of experiments with musical timbre, in which Erickson capitalized on the peculiar non-harmonic overtones produced by bells, plates, and rods that were specially constructed by the composer for use in “Cardinitas ‘68,” in addition to marble xylophones, fashioned after Chinese marble chimes, and acoustical stones used by the Japanese. Robert Erickson, was a noted author and educator, whose students included Morton Subotnick, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, and Paul Dresher. He was one of the first composers to incorporate taped music into his works, was a co-founder of the San Francisco Tape Center as well as the Music Department at the University of California in San Diego. Erickson was the recipient of numerous awards in composition, including fellowships from the Ford and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundations. Despite suffering from a painful wasting muscle disease that left him bedridden for almost fifteen years before his death, Erickson continued to compose up until 1990.
Thanks to Alan Rich for making this historic recording available.
This audio is part of the collection: Other Minds Audio Archive
It also belongs to collections: Music & Arts; stream_only
Keywords: Music; New Music; Unconventional Instruments; Robert Erickson
Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0